Tuesday, May 19, 2009
For so many things.
For the friends that we have, our family and our ability to travel.
I am lucky enough that when I was having a hard time keeping up with school because of my son getting sick for 10 days straight, all I had to do is call my parents on a Thursday and they where in Tulsa from Iceland by Saturday. It was like an angel was sent to me because mom and dad took care of my son, the cooking and the cleaning so that I could focus on finishing my final projects for class. I went from failing my classes to getting straight B's this semester. I was so afraid that this would be my final semester in gradschool and that I was not going to become what I was starting to get really good at which is a counselor. Just the process of helping people figure out what is important to them and what they really want and how to get there is just so rewarding. I'm glad that I have to opportunity to keep going because I have a loving and supporting family.
We are in the Caribbean on the island of St. Thomas visiting our friend Thomas and his wife and son who is 8 years old. The only reason we were able to come is because we have great friends and neighbors taking care of our plants, home and pets and having a friend here in the islands that owns vacation property and is letting us stay in one of the units free of charge. He is also taking us out on his boat this week. Financially we are able to do this because of great student loans I am getting from Iceland that paid our credit card debt so that we could afford to come here.
The second night we were here we went to water island and it was beautiful. DS loved playing in the ocean for the first time and we got some beautiful pics. I will up load some of them later. I got some foot print pics in the sand that I think I will want to blow up and put on the wall in our bathroom. We had dinner on the beach. It was really good, fresh fish cooked with mango and coconut. It was super yummy.
The roads here are really winding and DS got car sick for the first time ever on the way to Kmart. It was really gross. We had to rip the cover off of his seat and wash it when we got back home and I was lucky that I had sweats in the diaper bag because other wise he would have gone in to Kmart only wearing a diaper.
Before I left I was able to get most everything in the veggie garden. It looked very cottage gardening. I hope the cabbage will not be bad by the time we get back. it was just starting to make a head. I have put down: cabbage, peas, soy beans, green pole beans, melon, corn, potatoes, eggplant, all kinds of tomatoes, pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, scallops, rosemary, strawberry, artichoke, 5 in one pear tree, cherry bushes and a fruit cocktail tree.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Corporal Punishment: Does Informing Parents of the Side Effects of Corporal Punishment Lessen Their Use or Belief in it?
Through history, of the United States of America, corporal punishment has been an integrated part of how parents discipline their children (Greven, 1991). While, in this modern day and age, all but one of the countries in Europe have made laws against corporal punishment in schools and over half of all countries in Europe have made laws against corporal punishment both in schools and in the home, 94% of American parents still spank their children before the age of 3 or 4 years (Straus & Stewart, 1999). Bringing forth the question of whether or not this has to do with what sort of information the parents in the United States are getting when it comes to parenting and discipline.
What do you think?